Program Linking Practical Engineering Skills with Global Humanitarian Service
We Share Solar empowers students to be global changemakers. By combining solar energy and engineering education with real-world applicability, trained teachers cultivate students’ interests in STEM subjects and inspire them to meet an immediate need in the developing world. Middle school, high school, and college teachers learn to teach the organization’s extensive curriculum during two-day workshops. These trained teachers then lead their students in building a standalone solar system called the We Share Solar Suitcase. As students build, they learn about global-energy poverty, basic electricity, solar energy, and engineering. Students donate one of their classroom’s We Share Solar Suitcases to a school or community center in an energy-poor region of the world. Classrooms reuse the remaining systems for ongoing education. We Share Solar works with partners in target countries to select placement sites, conduct installations, and educate users of the Solar Suitcase. These global partners share placement stories and photos with the student builders so students can see the full impact of their work. We Share Solar is funded by corporations and foundations who value community engagement.
Girls Who Game (GWG) is an extracurricular program sponsored by Dell Technologies, Intel, and Microsoft that provides an opportunity for girls in grades 4–8 and underserved students across North America to learn more about gaming as a learning tool, while developing their global competencies, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum provides unique fieldtrip opportunities for teachers and students to engage with the museum’s content online. Among the museum’s offerings are “Earth and Its Place in the Universe” (grades 5–12); “Finding Our Way: Geography and GIS” (grades 6–8)); “Living Through History” (grades 1–8); and “Paper Airplane Design” (grades 3–8).
The online Science Journal for Kids and Teens reports on cutting-edge, peer-reviewed science research adapted for students and their teachers. Articles can be selected according to reading level and/or subject field.